Ideological oppression is not restricted to religion. It demands a conformity which causes people to participate in atrocities and/or idiocies.
It takes someone with a particular psychological profile to kill people.
The propensity to bypass Cabinet has been repeated by Ms Gillard. Hence the disastrous decision about media regulation.
For all of the first 15 years after Federation in 1901, Australians elected Minority Governments. Nevertheless, the Parliament passed much essential legislation.
Fluoridation is the perfect example of an ethical dilemma, as there are convincing advocates for and against. How do we know who to believe?
There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people.
The Golden Age myth may not be a particularly relevant concept now unless one refers to a period like the early 1900s when Australia introduced a series of remarkably progressive social and political reforms.
For more than a century, Australian political parties of both Right and Left have presided over a steady shift in power from individual citizens towards large corporate and state institutions.
Surely a future Prime Minister should be past believing that Adam and Eve were really part of our foundational story.
Meanwhile – regardless of whether it was his intention - Martin Ferguson's stated aversion to 'class war rhetoric' was a gift to the conservatives.
It's a crazy-mirror class war, where the support of the petit-bourgeoisie is secured in order to turn the full coercive and disruptive power of the state on the obstinately poor.
Today's 'message' of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies.